A killer soundtrack from Henry Mancini – a record that's got both the terror promised in the title, and some sweeter moments that are pure Mancini all the way! Instrumentation is relatively jazzy overall – with some tight horn passages that shift between swinging saxes and lighter ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Living Stereo pressing with deep groove.)
One of the greatest soundtracks ever from the early years of Henry Mancini – a hip jazzy TV score that we've loved for years! The jazzy theme to "Mr Lucky" is reason enough to buy this album – as it's got these wonderful warm washes of sound, interlayed in a way that makes ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has a sticker spot.)
An extremely unique Mancini soundtrack – scored for this European film that starred Marcello Mastroianni and Ingrid Bergman – with a sound that's almost in a similar mood to Morricone from the same time. Most of the tracks are fairly dark and turgid – with simple themes running ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Guitars playing plenty of games here – easy to do when in the godlike hands of Harvey Mandel – a guitarist rooted in blues, but also with lots of psychedelic inclinations as well! This album's one of Harvey's best as a solo act – and gets some sweet fuzzy production by the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An amazing 60s soundtrack – one that's infinitely better than the film for which it was written! Johnny Mandel's at the height of his powers here – blending in jazzy elements from his west coast 50s roots with lush strings, shimmering orchestrations, and some complex touches that are ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
3rd album of futuristic soul from Mandre, with a bit less of the Dexter Wansel influenced sound we love so much about the first album, and more of the bass heavy sound that would predominate in the 80s, as well as a good bit of synthesized sounds and slick production flourishes, even a bit of ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic set of spacey club from Mandre – aka Andre Lewis – an artist we'd place right up there with some of the best cosmic sounds from Dexter Wansel at the time, and maybe even some of the more space-bound club artists of the European scene as well! The album's got some wonderful ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest records ever from Mandrill – a set that has the group tightening things up and getting even more funky than on their first few records, but with a vibe that's still nicely loose and spontaneous overall! The set's got Mandrill perfectly balanced between jazz-tinged funk ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a crease on one corner.)
Really tremendous work from Mandrill – an instant funky classic, and a set that has the group furthering the sublime sound they crafted on their seminal Composite Truth! The record has all these wonderful twists and turns – not just the usual 70s funky styles, but inflections from a ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mandrill's first album of funky Latin jazz and soul – a landmark in crossover styles that still sounds remarkably fresh today! Unlike later records, which feature a tighter funk sound, this one has the band jamming out in a Latin-inflected mode that sounds like some of the best Chicano bands ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Solid ... LP United Artists, 1975. Very Good+ ...
A tasty set from Mandrill – one of their first records away from the Polydor label, but every bit as great as later efforts for that company, especially Mandrilland. The overall sound is a bit smoother than some of their full-out funky albums – but in a way that really helps blend ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Manfred Mann's the guy in the lead, but the group's definitely one that's got five faces – thanks to the sharp talents of all the members of the quintet! Drummer Mike Hugg gets things going with a sharp Brit beat, vocalist Paul Jones really gives the songs some shape and a bit of harmonica ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy stereo pressing, with a bit of pen onthe labels.)
Great collection of some of the best early work by this legendary vocal group. Most of these sides were originally recorded for the Carnival label, and appeared on rare early singles by The Manhattans. The tracks are fantastic, with a harmony vocal sound that was hardly matched by other groups of ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear & wide clear tape along the seams.)
Very groovy stuff – and one of Herbie Mann's best records from the 60s! In a way, this album's very similar to some of the best Verve "groovy experimental" albums from the same period – like some of Cal Tjader's Eastern/Latin work – and it features Herbie playing with a ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)
Herbie Mann takes strong inspiration from the great Ray Charles here – working in a cool mode that's partly the soulful sound of Mann's other work for Atlantic Records, and partly the fuller style of Charles' 60s music for ABC! Backings are full, but very groovy – thanks to ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label mono promo. Cover has a pormo sticker and a small ink stamp on back.)
Herbie Mann got a standing ovation for this performance – at least if the title is to be believed – and considering the grooves on the set, it was all for very good reason! The album's one of the few to feature Mann in the company of pianist Chick Corea – who steps out here with ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue & green label pressing. Cover has some wear.)
After having a bit of a minor hit with a crime jazz album dedicated to the music of Peter Gunn, Shelly and combo turn towards a less-remembered TV cop show for more music in a similar vein. Checkmate was a short-lived show from the early 60s, but it had a great score by John Williams – one ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original mono yellow label pressing with a deep groove. Cover has some splitting on all seams, and some writing in pen on back.)
One of the most obscure albums from Shelly Manne's classic run on Contemporary – a set of unusual tunes done in a slightly more sophisticated groove than usual! Side one of the album is made up of Bill Smith's "Concerto For Clarinet & Combo", with an all star group featuring ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original yellow label pressing with the deep groove. Cover & labels have a promo stamp.)
Shelly Manne & His Men —
Jazz Gunn ... LP Atlantic, 1967. Very Good- ...
Just Sold Out!
Shelly Manne scored big with a jazz version of the Peter Gunn soundtrack in the 50s – and he does it again in this 60s version of Henry Mancini's music for the full-length Gunn movie! The style here is a bit more far-reaching and looser than before – showing not just Manne's ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover is lightly stained along the spine, with a 2 inch tear on the opening.)
Fairly serious orchestral score to this mid 70s film by LuchinoVisconti – and one that keeps an overall period feel. The centerpiece of the work is a suite of adagios written by Franco Mannino, and the rest of the score features Mannino performing piano works by Mozart, Liszt, Chopin, and ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Phil Manzanera/801 —
Listen Now ... LP Polydor (UK), 1977. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
Quite possibly the best of the solo Phil Manzanera projects – a wonderfully tight album that's surprisingly soulful and funky at times! Phil gets some great studio help from Eno and Godley & Creme – the latter two of who can really be felt on the record's well-penned lyrical ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing. Cover has light wear and some minor stuck-on paper.)
Really adventurous early solo work from Ray Manzarek – bursting with creativity and a world of ideas on The Golden Scarab! Lots of oddball instrumentation, particularly in the percussion – with bongo, wood block, congtas, tuned cowbell, whistles, cabassa and quica – plus Ray ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tania Maria —
Piquant ... LP Picante/Concord, 1981. Very Good+ ...
Great stuff! Tania Maria's first few years recording in the US were some of her best – and this excellent groover on Picante features some very tight Brazilian jazz tracks, cut with a small combo of west coasters, and produced by Cal Tjader with a smooth jazzy vibe. The overall sound is ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stone classic from Teena Marie – one of her magical self-produced efforts for Motown! The record's a winner all the way through – with a depth to the vocals and backings that are steeped in the 70s styles of Minnie Riperton and Chaka Khan. A few tracks get a bit upbeat funky, but ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maybe the greatest album that Teena Marie ever cut – and that's saying a lot, given the strength of the lady's work for Motown! The set's got this bright, positive bounce that grabs you right from the start – but also moves into a depth that's way different than other funk albums of ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has a cutout notch.)
A classic take on the "Batman" hit of the 60s – one that moves the tune from camp TV theme to sweet rock instrumental territory – in a manner that prefaces later takes on the tune by The Who and The Jam! The track may well be the biggest ever by The Marketts – and ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pigmeat's recorded here before a very lively crowd at the Apollo Theater, and even though it's 1969, they still seem to go crazy on his many variations of older styles of routines. Lots of audience interaction – and titles include "Two Dollar Spit", "The Judge & The ... (Comedy/Spoken) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pigmeat recorded live, before very familiar company, at the Regal Theater in Chicago – during the height of its 60s fame! The album features Pig working his way through a set of hilarious routines based on misunderstanding and sexual innuendo – and titles include "Sleep With My ... (Comedy/Spoken) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early genius from Pigmeat Markham – a classic performance at the Apollo Theater, recorded by Chess in a style that would set the tone for countless imitations to come! The cover has kind of a "sad clown" sort of look, but Pigmeat's in full force on a series of routines that include ... (Comedy/Spoken) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Markko Polo Adventurers —
Orienta ... LP RCA, 1959. Very Good+ ...
A lost lounge gem from the RCA catalog – with a dreamy exotica feel that's right up there with the best of the bachelor pad era! Gerald Fried arranged and conducted this ersatz studio group, and his overall approach has lots of sweeping woodwinds and percussion, similar to the great Les ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. Cover has a partially split top seam.)
A collection of dub instrumentals and extended mixes of 11 classic tracks from The Wailers. Titles include "Rebel Music (3 O'Clock Roadblock)", "No Woman No Cry", "Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)", "Exodus", "One Love (People Get Ready)", and " ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(In a stickered sleeve. Sides A & B have a few more surface marks.)
Bob Marley —
Legend ... LP Island, 1970s. Very Good Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
One of the best-selling albums ever from Bob Marley – a classic collection of work from his all-too-short career – and one that's gone onto become as famous as Marley's individual records themselves! The collection really allows all the classics to resonate strongly, in a track order ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great global showcase for the growing power of Bob Marley – an excellent live set recorded in London in 1975, and a date that shows Bob and The Wailers working with the crowd in this really universal spirit! The group's almost got a funkier current here than on some of their studio record ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
10 tracks: "There She Goes", "Put It On", "How Many Times", "Mellow Mood", "Chances Are", "Hammer", "You Can't Do That To Me", "Touch Me", "Treat You Right" and "Soul Rebel". (Reggae) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Bob Marley & The Wailers —
Burnin' ... LP Island, 1973. Very Good- Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
Quite possibly THE Bob Marley album – or at least the record that really exploded the man from the Jamaican scene into huge global fame – thanks to a universally soulful sound that moved the record way past the barriers that were holding the rest of Kingston sounds back from the ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We'd be willing to wager Marley is perhaps the artist whose work has been released and re-released, repackaged and reformatted more than any other. This set features work recorded under Coxsone Dodd at Studio One: "Wings Of A Dove", "It Hurts To Be Alone", "I'm Still ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of many posthumous compilations of Marley's work with the Wailers, and not a bad one at that. Without setting out to be a greatest hits, this compilation focuses on some of Marley's more topical, political songs, including the classics "Get Up, Stand Up" & "Them Belly ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout notch & a promo stamp.)
Bob Marley & The Wailers —
Survival ... LP Island, 1979. Very Good ...
One of the sharpest, most righteous albums from Bob Marley – in case you couldn't guess from the title, which is his response to a recent assassination attempt! The whole thing's got a very classic vibe – and the lyrics have even more of a political current than some of Marley's other ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)
Righteous sounds from Rita Marley – a set that's one of her best-remembered albums, and done in a well-crafted style that definitely lives up to the Marley family name! The set was recorded at Tuff Gong, with a lean quality and laidback groove that lets Rita really step out front on vocals ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mid 70s magic from the team of Warne Marsh and Lee Konitz – playing together here with an even sharper edge than their recordings of two decades before! The recordings are all live – done at the Club Montmartre in December of 1975 – but they've got a clarity that's almost studio-w ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Genius, pure genius – and one of the few key sides by Warne Marsh as a leader! The album follows on Marsh's appearance with Lee Konitz on an earlier Atlantic album, but it really breaks free from the Konitz mode – and has an open, laidback sound that is instantly captivating – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful work from tenorist Warne Marsh – a player we almost like more in these later years than we do during the famous 50s recordings that brought him to everyone's attention! The setting is nice and loose, and very open – just Marsh on tenor blowing with the bass of Jim Hughart and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great pairing of reedman Warne Marsh and pianist Sal Mosca – two players who really found a lot of sympathy in each others sound in their later years! The bulk of the set – four out of six tracks – features just Warne's tenor and Sal's piano – hung out beautifully in open ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record that has Ray Martin turning out good bits circa 1973 – tunes that are often an update of popular 60s television modes – a bit jazzy and jaunty at times, but some 70s elements creeping into the mix, although not as heavily funky as you might hear a few years later. Some of the ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Soundtrack for a film that was a critics favorite at the time of its release – scored here with a mix of styles that runs from the groovy to the serious, with some odd kind of trippy touches thrown in for good measure! The best cuts are actually the mellowest ones – which have a slinky ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An unusual Holiday treat from Al Martino – a Christmas set cut during the height of his famous 60s years at Capitol Records, with a warmer, more laidback style than some of Al's bigger hits! Backings are by Peter DeAngelis, who comes up with a mix of strings and horns that feels mighty like ... (Holiday Music) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet groover from the Marvelettes – and a record that completely re-casts their sound for the Motown of the 70s! The group's still got the great soprano harmonies that made their early hits so wonderful, but the arrangements on the set are deeper and more sophisticated – taking them ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl is super clean, save for a short click on one track.)
Remember how great and strange Harpo's musical interludes were in the old Marx Brothers' movies? Well, now you can have your very own collection of some of Harpo's lovely harp work recorded after he retired from the pictures! (Now Sound) LP, Vinyl record album
Nice hard funky Afro soul from Hugh – cut during the time when he was really perfecting his sweet little blend of African rhythms and LA soul! The tracks are all short and hard – with funky trumpet in the lead, and some tight hard-grooving rhythms in the back. Most of this stuff feels ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Shrinkwrap is cracked a bit on the opening, with some wear on the cover.)
Like Hugh Masekela's other records on Blue Thumb, this is a totally great bit of Afro funk, with a good hard groove filled with tight jazz playing, and some nice choppy rhythm that feels like it belongs on a Fela record. Great stuff played by his tight little Hedzoleh Soundz group, with the cuts ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic work from Hugh Masekela – and the album that pushed him over the top! The record features his version of "Grazin In The Grass", a runaway instrumental hit when it was issued – and a sly little groover that was based upon some earlier South African pop melodies that ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pivotal album for Barbara Mason – one in which she takes the little girl soul sound of earlier albums, and turns it into a sophisticated range of emotions that foreshadows later Philly work by singers like Jean Carn and Phyllis Hyman! Despite the Philly arrangements by Ronnie Baker, Norman ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really great step forward for Barbara Mason – a record that's got her working in a more mature mode than before, and a deeper soul style as well! One of the bigger developments of Barbara Mason's career was her participation in the "answer song" cycle that circulated around ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dave Mason's first solo album – and a pretty a great one! Alone Together wasn't a huge hit back in the day, but man is a ever a pleasing set. It's rich with blues & soul steeped lead vocals and sweet backing harmonies and bed of acoustic guitars at the core of most of the tunes – ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black vinyl pressing, in the original fold-out cover, with an unglued seam.)
A really nice album from Dave Mason & Mama Cass – one that has Dave's vocals mostly in the lead, but which also brings him much closer in style to Mama's sweet and dreamy pop mode – a lovely little psychedelic folk pop record with soulful touches! The backing is mostly by a small ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the few full albums ever cut by The Masqueraders – a stellar vocal group who recorded some excellent singles in the 60s, and were fortunate enough to be pulled into the big time by Isaac Hayes for his Hot Buttered Soul imprint on ABC! The band mixes their smooth Memphis style with ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the south's best 70s vocal groups, recorded here in their debut for CBS, produced by James Stroud with a surprisingly sweet mellow modern soul sound. Includes the nice stepper "Starry Love", plus "I Love You, I Want You, I Need You", "Into Your Soul", and " ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mass Production are definitely in their purest form here – stepping forward as one of the best soul acts in the Cotillion Records roster at the end of the 70s – and maybe one of the hippest modern funk ensembles of the time! These guys have a way of making things sound nice and lean, ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has wear and a peeled spot from sticker removal.)
An excellent recording of the Master Musicians Of Jajouka – one to rival the earlier album recorded by Brian Jones for Apple Records! The on-site recording captures the music perfectly – an other-worldly blend of percussion and reed instruments with a droning and rhythmically intense ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Masters of Ceremony —
Dynamite ... LP 4th & Broadway, 1987. Near Mint- ...
If you aren't familiar with them, Masters of Ceremony was Grand Puba's first group, before Brand Nubian. You can definitely hear the roots of the Brand Nubian sound in Puba's lyrics here, and he definitely stands ou on the mic in the group. The production, by Grand Puba, DJ Shabazz, and Skeff ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice little wake up call from Yoshiyaki Masuo – a set that has his guitar working in close collaboration with extra guitar from Motoaki Masuo – for a two-stringed approach that's a bit different than some of Yoshiyaki's other records! The music is laidback, but never sleepy – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great one from guitarist Yoshiyaki Masuo – a record that seems to have all the cool glide promised by the cover and title! Yoshiaki plays guitar, but the album features loads of great contributions from other American fusion musicians too – including Dave Grusin, Richard Tee, and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the bigger efforts from Material – featuring the core trio of Bill Laswell, Martin Bisi, and Michael Beinhorn – plus guest work by Nona Hendryx, Nile Rodgers, Whitney Houston, Archie Shepp, Oliver Lake, and Fred Frith. The mix of jazz and soul talents comes together more nicely ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Although this one wasn't recorded during Ronnie's classic 60s years, it's still a pretty darn great record, with a strident spiritual soul jazz sound, and a wonderful set of compositions. Mathews was a fantastic player, and mixed McCoy Tyner stridentness with Horace Parlan funkiness – in a ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Johnny Mathis —
Johnny ... LP Columbia, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ...
The final Johnny Mathis album for Mercury Records – and one of our favorites from the time! There's a nice little bounce to some of these cuts that really opens Johnny up – a style that's never too groovy, but which brings in some slight 60s syncopation to the rhythms – albeit in ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fender Rhodes and tight arrangements from the great David Matthews – a solo set that works in the same sort of vibe as his bigger backings for 70s artists on the CTI/Kudu label! The group's largeish, but still has a nice open vibe – as Matthews works a lot of care into his charts to ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really nice set from Ian Matthews – who cut his teeth a few years earlier with Fairport Convention – and gets a little help here from fellow Fairporters Sandy Denny and Richard Thompson. Ian's warmth in the vocal department really glows here – and the sound overall brings in ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Swirl label pressing. Cover has some surface wear and a cutout hole.)